The Arnold Arboretum sign - Jamaica Plains, MA

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, located in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest public arboretum in the country. At this beautiful free public space, you will find 281 scenic acres of trees and shrubs. There are hundreds of different varieties of trees, all which are conveniently labeled.

The Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plains, MA - scenic views

My favorite collection was definitely the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection – I have always liked the amount of detail in each bonsai tree. Bonsai trees are a true art form that require much knowledge and patience. The ending result is a most unique miniature tree. Many of the trees are several hundreds years old! I also enjoyed the tall Dawn Redwood Trees and the scenic pond views throughout the arboretum.

The Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection - The Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plains, MA
The Arnold Arboretum - Bonsai Collection - Jamaica Plains, MA
The Arnold Arboretum Bonsai Collection - Jamaica Plains, MA
The Arnold Arboretum Bonsai Collection - Jamaica Plains, MA

The Arnold Arboretum is the perfect place to spend a few hours strolling around or riding your bike. Relax and spend some time in nature, take photographs, and learn about new plants and trees. There are several benches located throughout if you would like to simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. I had a great time learning about the different trees from all over the world.

A brief tour through the arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum - Jamica Plains, MA - path views
The Arnold Arboretum scenic stairwell - Jamaica Plains, MA
The Arnold Arboretum path views - Jamaica Plains, MA
The Arnold Arboretum path views - Jamaica Plains, MA
Aboretum walking path- Jamaica Plains, MA

I recommend visiting The Arnold Arboretum if you are a nature lover looking for a quiet, relaxing weekday or weekend afternoon. Visiting the arboretum is a great way to get in some exercise, learn about new plants and trees, and enjoy a beautiful summer day, all while taking in gorgeous views. A little bit of nature just outside of Boston – it’s the perfect place to decompress if just for a bit!

Gorgeous scenery at The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plains, MA
Beautiful trees at The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plains, MA
Beautiful trees at The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plains, MA
Arnold Arboretum Dawn Redwood sign
The Arnold Arboretum Dawn Redwood Tree
The Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plains, MA
Peonies - The Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plains, MA
Peonies - The Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plain, MA

Location/Parking

The Arnold Arboretum is located about 15 minutes from the downtown area. Free parking is available on the side streets near the entrance (there is no parking lot). Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Admission is Free. There is a visitor’s center, which is open from 11:00am -6:00 pm (April-October). The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is open on weekdays from 10:00am-3:45pm.

Address: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

The Arnold Arboretum sign

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